What I learned in five years of blogging

Five years. Five years of daily blogging. Five years since I decided to never give up, no matter what. To keep writing, to keep blogging, to just keep at it for as long as it took.

And what a ride it has been. Around the world, indeed. 200 or so countries. Lots and lots of people, lots and lots of stories…

I had tried my hand at blogging once before, but gave up after 4 blogs posts and no comments whatsoever. That was the time I also quit writing for the longest period in my life (six months).

But this blog? This thing?

I just kept at it. No matter what.

April 2012. I got close to no response. May 2012? I got a grand total of 500 views. It felt like writing by myself, for myself, but I was enjoying myself quite a lot actually. I was unstoppable for the remainder of the year. I was Freshly Pressed twice, if I recall correctly.

And, frankly, all I did was write. I wrote about what I felt strongly about, I wrote whether I felt like it or not.

Because, this is one of the things I learned along the way: inspiration is going to break up with you at some point. It may not seem like it right now, but if you do this for as long as I have, there are going to be entire months when you just feel like you’re repeating yourself. I suppose it’s got to do with how much of life you experience. If you don’t expand your consciousness, you’ll run out of things to write about.

Another thing I learned? That it takes a lot more time and a lot more effort than you can imagine. You can read all the success stories you want, you can do all the research in the world, you can prepare yourself, invest in your blog, in advertising, it’s not going to be that easy…

I remember when I started making YouTube videos last year. You know, I used to watch a lot of videos, and I thought it wouldn’t be that difficult. I was so, so wrong. You end up acting differently in front of a camera than you imagine inside your head. The same goes for writing, for blogging, for almost anything worth doing in life.

Take time. Give time time to do it’s work.

I don’t consider myself to be naturally talented in any area of life, but I know with absolute certainty one thing: that if you put in the time and the effort, you can become at least somewhat good at anything; anything at all.

That’s the great secret of success, in any endeavor whatsoever.

If you invest the time, you’ll get the results. And you’ll get better.

Obviously, English is not my native language. It didn’t matter.

What I am trying to say is, you’ll be amazed at the things you can do if only you take the time to properly learn them.

Most people, they get disappointed by the lack of results in the beginning and quit. No, no. Perseverance is key.

Was I disappointed by my first months of blogging?

Why, yes, of course.

Did I give up?

You wouldn’t be reading this post if I had.

Success if failing over and over again. In fact, you only fail if you quit.

It’s that simple.

I never bothered with any rules.

I don’t know if it’s good advice or not. I just don’t give a damn if anyone likes my posts or not. I write what I want, when I want, as often as I want. This is my blog. My space. My blank page. And I can create anything I like and do anything I please. That is, after all, one of the reasons I became a writer in the first place. No boundaries other than the ones I choose to create.

Freedom is a scary thing, I suppose. No one to tell you what to do, no work schedule, no boss…

It’s just up to you.

You can have all the time in the world, all the resources, the technology, the people around you to support you, but if you don’t have the mental fortitude to be resilient in the face of disappointment, it will all be worthless. And you will give up.

I spent months blogging from a smartphone. I wrote on paper and went to a friend and copied that and posted it.

No one ever bothered to encourage me. To support me.

People often told me to quit. To get a proper job. To keep this whole writing thing as a hobby, as a pastime.

What they were telling was that it was impossible. A scrawny Romanian kid couldn’t become a writer.

I just didn’t listen.

Didn’t want to.

I’d get angry, and I’d just keep doing my thing.

That’s it, guys. It’s been one hell of a journey so far. And I am sure it’s only going to get better.

Thank you all sticking with me.

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245 comments on “What I learned in five years of blogging

  1. junanoblog says:

    Keep going dude…very inspiring like me that i just started for a week!

  2. Ahh, I am not alone! Our perseverance will always pay off. In a world filled with instant gratification, we often forget that the greatest works of art were a project of a culmination of a thousand failures. I too have felt like giving up blogging, but it has become too important to me. Great post, thanks!

  3. Well done, and keep it going! After reading this post, I want to write whatever I please even more.

  4. aloathersguide says:

    What an inspirational post! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Quite encouraging. Thanks for sharing 😊

  6. ImaRoxtaar says:

    Glad you kept going, Cristian. :)

  7. Thank you so much for writing this article!This was exactly what I needed to hear right now.When I read this article, it felt as though this was addressed at me and I believe I can vouch for many others who would have felt the same.May you keep inspiring many more souls out there.Keep up the good work!👍

  8. Katie Daily says:

    Fascinating post! 🌼

  9. A wallflower says:

    I can relate with you. I also write for myself. I used to write but I never showed it to anyone untill one day when accidentally my friend saw my diary he insisted me to write in a social platform. I have just joined blogging and there is nothing beautiful than pursuing your hobby without any expectations of getting praised by someone. It feels good to get praised though 😀
    Please don’t stop writing I love your posts ☺️

  10. 91coffeegirl says:

    I started blogging very recently 😊 your post inspires me, looking forward to learn and write more ☺️ lucky me, people like you sharing their experiences and showing the path ahead of me. Thank you 😊

  11. You were one of the first bloggers that I ever followed when I started my own blogging journey five years ago. Keep being inspiring!

  12. Febry says:

    I tried giving up on writing multiple times over the past couple years, but I always came back to it regardless. This is so inspirational, and it’s given me a little push to keep editing my book and never give up searching for an agent or anything.

  13. Divyang Shah says:

    Good kick for people started recently… (y)

  14. Dave Gardner says:

    Good posting. So true. The weight room is the same way. The metal does not lie. You either lift it or you don’t. You can’t fake gains or getting in shape. The same goes for blogs. You can’t fake getting followers and likes. People either like what you have to say or they don’t. Totally agree with you about the freedom. I am the same way. I’m writing for me. If someone else likes what I’ve done–terrific. If not, I could care less. I really just enjoy the practice of thinking, solidifying my thoughts, and putting them to the page.

  15. Nacklo says:

    “inspiration is going to break up with you at some point”. Sometimes you have to decide what you want is bigger than perceived notions of the right artistic process. Congratulations on writing for five years, I hope I’m still going even when it feels easier to stop.

  16. “Inspiration is going to break up with you at some point”

    Such a good quote! I’m writing this on my whiteboard today :)

  17. fifimcleod says:

    Reading every comment above, you already know how much your words have impacted your audience. Thank you for being an inspiration, especially since I am currently in those first few months of scratching the walls. After all, “Build it and they will come.”

  18. Great post. I do agree. Blogging is not easy, but we can complete our journey as bloggers by being ourselves. It is our blank page and we post what comes from the heart. This is our public diary. Everyone is welcomed to visit and follow. We learn from each other.

  19. amyhughes31 says:

    Exactly what I needed to read right now. Doing this for 5 yrs straight has to be tough at times. It’s true, it’s harder than anyone realizes. I hope to be writing as long as you. Great work!

  20. Isn’t it all fundamentally boiled down to our intentions, you reap what you saw indeed. The way we can enhance or destroy is the duality of any given power in the world. The most powerful of all is speech or in this case to communicate. Maybe that’s why separates humanity today from the Vikings for they didn’t have speech but other elements better in use. We have mastered how to speak but what we speak is not always well thought, intention blooms the flower(s)/thought(s).

  21. Very inspiring for new bloggers like me

  22. This is so dope. Inspirational 👏

  23. Aetherielle says:

    Wow! This is exactly what I needed to hear. Was having some doubts about my writing and this really convinced me to just stick with it. Thanks!

  24. The previous three comments sum up exactly what I was going to say. So I’ll just say…Thank you!

  25. Loved it, have so many questions with you:

    1) How one comes in Freshly pressed.

    2) How you develop your consciousness.

    3) How you monetise your blog? If you don’t mind telling us.

    4) Love your inspiration part, I started this blog in 2010 posted hardly 5 blog till March this year. And now I gave time like you said, the results I am getting what you said.

    You give time to get time, it’s like 10 minutes = 0.1 minute of the reader.

    Love you dear :)

  26. What an inspiring post Cristian! Thank you, it’s very helpful ✌🏿️✌🏿✌🏿

  27. All that you could learn in five years of blogging provides a big time advice and inspiration to me. I wish you stay in good of your health and never give up on writing. God bless. 😊

  28. Mntazi says:

    Thank you #INSPIERED

  29. andreacfrt says:

    Ohh wow, this is very inspirational and encouraging….I feel the same as you felt in the beginning of your career….I am also not an native English speaker and feel like I have no talents but I like writing even though I am a terrible speller and not good at it. But your post is very inspirational. I will just keep being persistent and who knows maybe it will be payed off in the future. In the mean time, writing is a away to keep me sane through it all.

  30. Rebecca M Taylor says:

    What a great article! I’m going to archive it (along with a few others that you’ve written) to inspire me when I have one of those days when I’m just so tired of trying so hard and feeling like I’m not getting anywhere. It helps to know that other people are going through what you’re going through, and we need every bit of encouragement when sometimes we’re too tired to be cheerleaders and the trolls are getting on our nerves! ; – ) Thank you!

  31. Asbah Alaena says:

    Its awesome advice. I resumed blogging only three months back after taking a whooping 6/7 years break. And slowly i am becoming disappointed too! But now i wont o will just try harder
    Thankyou for these kind words

  32. mmagilicious says:

    I’m grateful to have read this. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  33. this one inspire me dude.. i just started my blog and I decide to keep moving no matter what
    i love blogging and also creating vlogs in my youtube channel :-).. Best wishes for you dude.. More blessings to you

  34. Yeka says:

    Totally amazing.. Its really all about hardwork.
    You’ve achieved so much and would love to interview you, to inspire new bloggers like myself what it really takes. What do you think?

  35. Do you know, I needed that! I’ve been struggling with this blog and as you can see I’ve still only got a handful of followers. It is like writing for yourself but I’m going to stick with it and you never know it might go somewhere (then again, it might not 😁) Thank you

  36. apmb10 says:

    Thank you for this! It was something I really needed to see. I just started my blog about week or so ago and it has been one heck of a journey and I’ve already found some disappointment because I didn’t immediately get followers. It is a slow process but just within a week I got 5 followers! So I guess I should be grateful for that.

  37. Raney Simmon says:

    In July, I’ll have been blogging on WordPress for two years, which is still mind boggling to me. But your right. You can’t succeed if you give up. So there’s going to be no giving up for me, that’s for sure.

  38. I started blogging in September 2016 and it’s been quite an interesting but challenging experience. I struggled with procrastination, being consistent and feeling alone. I try not to write for ‘likes’ but its nice to know that your words touched somebody’s heart. xxx

  39. a hopeless dreamer says:

    You inspire me Cristian.

  40. nanluke81 says:

    Wow, Cristian. We share quite a few thoughts about our blogs – but you are much more dedicated than I am!! This post has provided some helpful inspiration. Thanks!

  41. darelltapp says:

    As I was reading I could relate to most every word you wrote and to most of the many comments. My blog has only been running for two years but I have a lot to learn after seeing your work. Thank you for the posting and the inspiration.

  42. ppfamerica says:

    This spoke to me. Keep up the great work, and thank you.

  43. thereealyou says:

    I really like to appreciate you for being so positive, and believing just in yourself. This is incredible and I really wants to say this, it is nice meeting you. Thanks!! Have a Great Day.
    My Native language is also not English.

  44. -Eugenia says:

    You are an inspiration.🌺

  45. Well what an inspiration – it’s nice to be a part of such a supportive community! I realize that it does take a lot of time and perseverance, and maybe someday my little big will blossom as well! =D

  46. Ellie P. says:

    Very positive and inspirational. Good for you, dude! Incredible that you can do all this and do it well, in a language other than your native one. Truly amazing! Gotta follow you! 🙂

  47. inspiredpen says:

    I’m a new WordPress blogger and started with the encouragement from my school. I’m 52 years old and “just” starting out as a writer. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. I’ve been writing since I was a young girl but decided that it was now or never to follow my dream. I’ll be graduating from Southern New Hampshire University next year. I love to write about anything and everything. I’ll never stop writing. As you said, it doesn’t matter who likes it or not; it’s my writing–my rules where the blog is concerned.
    Excellent post!

  48. bookywook45 says:

    I couldn’t have read this post at a better time; having only written two posts so far I was uncertain whether I should be following any particular rules and felt nervous in case I accidentally broke some big blogging taboo. Really inspirational and I hope more new bloggers read this.

  49. Latanya Ivey says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll keep at it.

  50. This is nice… working on my blog too

  51. You are an angel, Christian.I am about to give up on blogging,[too early I know for someone who’ve just started] but this, your blog post has lifted my spirit. Thank you,
    Christian!!!!

  52. ireneonorato says:

    Oh, how tempting it is to give up sometimes. But I keep plugging away. I know exactly what you mean about feeling as though you’re repeating yourself. Or maybe boring people to tears? Ah, but a writer writes – always. So, onward we go.

  53. voke86 says:

    Wow! And here I thought I was the only one who struggled with writing blogs that probably nobody ever reads! Christian, I also quit for a couple of months thinking it wasn’t worth it, but somehow God has shown me that if I keep going, He will open doors for me that I never thought possible. Thank you for hanging in there, and you may not realise it, but people like you are an inspiration to those of us who have just started out! Cheers!

  54. Auguri! I hope your next 5 years are just as productive and rewarding! I just had my 3rd ‘bloghiversary’ and I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. I have not attempted to monetize my blog-I only post 2-3 times a month-but I really enjoy it. I see you have published several ebooks-that is my next goal! Thanks for the inspiration, Cristina

  55. Mety Kholing says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’m relieved 🙂

  56. Wow. That is something. I also started blogging a few months back. I just wanted to write. Keep going, bro. God bless you.

  57. lolcasanova1 says:

    Brilliant! Thank you for inspiring me! It’s so easy to lose faith when you post something and nobody seems to notice but you’re absolutely right – you’ve just got it keep at it 😀

  58. Such wonderful insights, thank you for sharing – especially this idea –> inspiration is going to break up with you at some point

  59. Thank you for sharing your personal thoughts… I am encouraged!!

  60. Cartier McCloud says:

    You certainly get more comments than I do! Never give up, never give in.

  61. Cartier McCloud says:

    And I never moderate anything. I just let the sh*t fly!

  62. Thank you! As a rather new blogger, I found your experience encouraging.

  63. Kasey Willis says:

    This is insanely inspiring and I hope you don’t mind I make my own blog post (& share yours) inspired by yours! So glad I read this :)

  64. Thank you. I have not many readers, and this post gives me energy.

  65. musingono51 says:

    Thank you! I am just starting out. I want to be a writer and I know the only way I can do it is to keep doing it like you have done.

  66. This is really inspiring for someone like me who just started blogging. You will have read this about a million time in the comments already, but keep going!

  67. Hi. I am new to this…but your perseverance gives me heart!

  68. Excellent thoughts Here Mr. Mihai!! Thanks for the encouragement!

  69. Scott says:

    Very well said. I have borrowed these words and made it my desktop background. I think it’s needed at the moment. Thanks.

  70. “…if you don’t expand your consciousness, you’ll run out of things to write”

    I think we should train and task our brains to see inspiration everyday but we also have to feed it by truely living life and living in the present.

    Thanks for this inspiring post

  71. Fantastic post! Good blog too :)

  72. Wow this is really inspiring- I agree that perseverance is key!! Congrats on making it to five years!!

  73. Dahlia says:

    Thank you for reiterating what I always knew – perseverance is the key. And have fun while going on and on :D Congratulations on completing 5 years – if I manage to reach out to half as many people by then (am less than 2 years on) I will consider myself a huge success!

  74. melodiousgift says:

    Very inspirational and motivational. I deleted my blog and made vow never to do it again but the writer in me made a go for it. Anand Bose from Kerala

  75. I can so relate to this. 🙂 Sometimes there are days I question myself as a writer. So many times I’ve wanted the people closest to me to appear more supporting and encouraging in regards to my writing. I’m supportive for them. But it isn’t about the big picture. I constantly try to tell myself. It’s about starting small. It takes time for a seed to grow. For seed to catch the eye of others, and it’s usually after it has bloomed.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  76. Just Plain Vicki says:

    I really needed to read this. Thank you!

  77. Blogging is like earning a Ph.D.–an endurance event. Go, bro, go.
    Warmest regards, Ed

  78. This post was so perfect! I have been reading a book about writing, and I decided that I would take the plunge and start a blog that I should have started three years ago when we moved from the US to Jakarta. I’m only 20 days into my goal of writing every day for a year, and it’s already been tough! Your right, it’s hard when you think no one is reading what you write. But I have to tell myself, in the end, this is for me! This is to make me a better writer; this is to help me cope with the transition of repatriating back to the US, to log my experience, to be my space. So thank you! Wonderful post and congrats on five years! I hope one day I will be echoing your words.

  79. Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s really good to hear that after such effort you have now built a blog that is having success and getting readers. By the way, your English is very good so don’t worry about it not being your first language.

  80. Congrats on sticking with it! My first two years were dismal as I learned how blogging works. Then we catch on and it starts getting more interactive. You are so right that it’s a lot of work and a lot of time!! Happy Blogging, Christian.

  81. mzmorgana says:

    Thank you very much for that post. As a newbie I really appreciate the encouragement I got from it. Still learning blogging and my voice.

  82. watermelonboyuk says:

    Very inspirational and motivational post Christian. Well done and keep going.

  83. I love this, and I love your scorn for rules. Also, I’d say there’s nothing obvious at all about English being your second language. I’d never have known if you hadn’t mentioned it.

  84. Joshauthor says:

    Thanks for the encouragement Cristian. I’ll go astep further in my blogging now. Cheers

  85. PL Bennett says:

    Inspiring!

  86. rlseaton says:

    I love that bloggers express the fact that success takes perseverance and growing inn your craft. Thanks for your transparency. Love this blog!

  87. Loved your post! Very true and inspiring words.

  88. intrepid8 says:

    Thanks for the insights. I enjoy what I do very much here on the web just like you.

    I am also looking to make money off my posts if I can. Any advice for that?

  89. Julia Weston says:

    It’s been easy for me to give up; I’m a full-time mom and when the blogging thing didn’t take off (admittedly, I was nowhere near as patient as I should have been), I found all sorts of reasons to quit. But here I am again, because I guess that’s what us writers do. We can’t not write. What I need is for someone to remind me to press on no matter what, and you just did. So thanks.

  90. Jon says:

    Wow, this really inspire me to blog more and more and never giving up. Right now, I don’t really get a lot of views for my blog and I have quit lots of time and start again and again. It is just I have no ideas what to blog about.
    Anyway, thank you for your encouragement. Never giving up.

  91. aaww thank you for that post! This is so true! I am learning more and more not to give up! This blogging thing is beautiful and all we need is belief
    in ourselves!

  92. e says:

    AWESOME AND CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    My favorite lines…
    “What I am trying to say is, you’ll be amazed at the things you can do if only you take the time to properly learn them.
    Most people, they get disappointed by the lack of results in the beginning and quit. No, no. Perseverance is key.”
    Amen!
    A timely word of encouragement I may add!
    Abundant blessings & Mon Congrats again…e

  93. This is so inspiring..Loved it so much.. 🙂 🙂
    Being a new blogger and trying to get readers I know how disappointing and frustrating it gets..
    But ur post filled up my fuel tank to max..
    Perseverance is the ultimate key for anything..:) 🙂

  94. darjistrong says:

    This definitely motivated me to keep writing; I can definitely relate to the whole no one encouraging you thing. I’m sort of a black sheep in my family; I’m good at writing, or so I think, and the majority of my family members’ are more math and science oriented. They always tell me to just view this as a hobby rather than actually attempting to make it a career. This was just what I needed to read, I am going to blog daily now. You’re absolutely right about the fact that I shouldn’t care what others think, after all, it is my blog.

  95. Biwa my Friend! Wonderful advice, tremendous hindsight! ♥ Forward always.

  96. cpluzc says:

    It’s ego, nothing else, if it feels good, I mean stimulating the ego, well it’s oké, it will keep anyone going

  97. Gazedreamer says:

    Very motivational. Glad I read this.

  98. czarmaineam says:

    This is so inspiring. Thank you <3

  99. Jude says:

    A fabulous post Cristian, and you really are a natural when it comes to writing. With the talent that you have combined with your incredible determination I have little doubt that one day you’ll be in the ranks of the best-sellers. And that’s not phoney praise.

  100. Inspirational Cristian… spoken from the heart, and what we all want to hear!

  101. “I know with absolute certainty one thing: that if you put in the time and the effort, you can become at least somewhat good at anything; anything at all.”

    The mentality of a truly successful person! Great read, especially for myself as a new blogger, there were many things that I needed to hear that came from this message. So thank you, for your encouragement, advice, and story.

  102. “Success is failing over and over again.” I like that. And it happens to be true.

  103. alohaleya says:

    Very inspiring – thanks!

  104. GANSU says:

    congratulation’s on keeping your self motivated, even when no one was reading your post. Those are the times when you will feel demotivated, Never be afraid of failure, because its the biggest stepping stone for success.

  105. Carolina says:

    I’m happy you found my little blog as I can now follow and enjoy yours! You are an excellent writer; I would have never known that English is not your first language.

  106. Ashlee G. says:

    Wow, you really do have a fire in you! Don’t let it go out, your story, your blog, everything is so inspirational. I come here ever so often to lift my spirits because of my little blog, you know, I am pretty new. Here’s this guy: a non-native speaker of English, someone who’s been blogging for five years, loses motivation time to time, is an author, and I am like… he’s human. I’m human. We all make our mistakes, lose motivation, or work hard. Keep at it, your blog is amazing!

  107. Congratulations Cristian 🙂

  108. This is one of those strange blogs where despite knowing these things, it still feels encouraging to read someone else talking about them. Still so much to learn about the human psyche.
    On the other hand, I don’t write it just for myself. I write it for the world, to make people ponder and think. I hope someday that people will start asking questions. That’s all I want I think, to encourage people to ask questions. I hope that will be enough!
    Thanks for your veteran blogging thoughts.

  109. So glad that you kept on going with it — and made the whole messy process work for you, your way!

  110. Great points, very true! Thanks for sharing!

  111. Avie says:

    Reblogged this on Noonchi Blog and commented:
    This. This is the golden truth. Thank you.

  112. Thanks for this! It has really encouraged me and I was having a bad day. Chin up and keep going (which I now feel like doing)!! 🙂

  113. tengkuputeh says:

    Extraordinary, a proud achievement

  114. Norie Loves says:

    This is an eye opener to me, you are an inspiration.

  115. Needed this. Thank you!

  116. A beautiful motto: anyone can be anything as long as there’s self-motivation. Human thoughts are powerful, good or bad. I’m glad you’re sharing yours.

  117. lifewritez says:

    Thank you just started blogging and this took the edge off a bit. I loved reading this especially the part where you said no rules, just write…that’s it exactly it just write. Thank you, thank you!

  118. akankshaagr says:

    what an inspiring post it is for those who have started to recently! i will also not give up brother after reading it . Thanks

  119. This is just what I needed to read at the moment- thank you

  120. Wow! this is very inspirational and encouraging….I feel the same as you felt in the beginning of your career…Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by whats happening around my thats why my blog is like a place to put my thought and opinion in written form and also desire to know what people think regarding any issue I fancy to write about, Thats imply the name of my blog, (Opinion circle) I like writing even though I am a terrible speller and not good at it. But your post is very inspirational. I will just keep being persistent and who knows I believe, it will payed off in the future. In the mean time, writing is a away to keep me sane through it all.

  121. Your posts is really helping us to continue our journey aa a writer. I was tired by people not looking at my blog initially, I gave up for few months as i saw not hope. But I again gathered because I love writing. This blog of yours is again a motivation for me. Thank you very much . Always stay blessed . 🙂

  122. lovemissrose says:

    I just came across this, whilst I just finished a new post on my own blog and I’m so glad I did! Since I have recently started my blog from scratch this month due to enjoying writing, so I thought what better way to express my passion. But yes what you wrote, was so on point any new blogger will understand exactly what you mean and how you felt/feel, including bloggers who have been blogging for a long time. So I just want to say thank you for posting this, it was very intriguing and inspiring for me to read/know (least I’m not the only one, phew hehe) Keep up the great writing, bless you x

  123. kadijalatibu says:

    This encourages me to keep going.

  124. Great post fam! I’m now on my sixth blog and plan to keep going!!

  125. Your post has come like a universal voice, like my higher consciousness or my fairies or angels or nature or whatever you wanna call it, is talking to me from somewhere. Thank you for this. Though I am fresh into motherhood at the moment (4 months), I shall dance on the spin of inspiration and embark on the adventurous ride you have advised! A humble thank you for liking and following my site and writing (Lightful Whispers)! Honoured and received with great gratitude!
    Wishing you all the best and above all love!
    Tania

  126. da-AL says:

    much appreciate your sharing your wisdom 🙂

  127. I needed to read this today! Thank you.

  128. fictionspawn says:

    Pleased to meet you, and thanks for the inspiration. English is my second language as well, or maybe even my third, but people seem to like what I’m writing. I’ll keep pushing on too see where this is going, and meanwhile I’ll be stopping by here every once in a while;) Good post.

  129. This is just what I needed to hear! Thank you.

  130. dellymari says:

    Love this post! I’m glad you didn’t give-up, and that I am here to read your blog. 🙂

  131. ladycee says:

    My goodness. Not sure why I clicked over to your blog today. Past attempts met with some message that implied there wasn’t a blog behind your name. Now today I discover not only is there a blog behind your name but a very successful one!
    Congratulations on achieving blogging consistency over 5yrs. As someone who has just been blogging for about 18 months and who does not post daily, I’m mega impressed!

  132. YOU are amazing! A wonderful and inspirational example. Thank you for NOT giving up, not listening to all the “naysayers” in your life. As we say in Texas (although I’m living in Scotland at the moment), Keep on Truckin’!”

  133. Thank you for this. You are an inspiration and a treasure.

  134. naomiblog says:

    You have an amazing blog! I’m so glad I found you. 😀 Congratulations on five years of blogging!

  135. Cristian…you have a way of framing things that just help others! This blog made me very emotional as it hit a spot in me that these challenges are normal. Perspective is everything isn’t it!!??

  136. eurobrat says:

    Congrats on the anniversary! So true…blogging does feel like talking to yourself sometimes. But, as long as what you have to say is interesting, so what?

  137. Blogging is about community. I’ve noticed how much has changed in the blogosphere in the last 7 years. When I first started it was about people and having blogging buddies now I’me not so sure.

  138. Justine says:

    Good for you for writing every day for such a long time, Cristian! That’s amazing. I also agree with you completely – you definitely have periods where you break up with inspiration, but must…keep…going. For what, I don’t yet have the answer! ; )

  139. This was really good, and I’m so glad I found this post. I started my blog just a few weeks ago and I’m working really hard to keep at it. There’s been plenty of times where I start a blog, but delete it because I think no one cares. But so far I’m really enjoying writing for myself. It feels good to write my thoughts and feelings out since there’s so many things I think about. Thanks again for this post. It’s inspiring! 😀

  140. This is a truly inspiring post.

    I recently gave up my job as a dentist to be a professional writer. It has been a revelatory experience since then.

    People will always tell you to give up on your dreams because they gave up on theirs, and your determination makes them feel guilty.

    Keep writing. Keep shining.

    You are not a scrawny Romanian kid who is deluding himself. You are a soul born to touch lives and inspire others to follow their dreams.

  141. Nora says:

    Keep going! Be blessed

  142. peggy says:

    Good advice from one who has walked the road

  143. Cristian, what an inspiriting journey you got there. Thank you for sharing! It’s extremely helpful in changing our fellow blogger’s mindset.
    My blog’s productivity was getting cold, I just went from struggling to make words meet to desiring to become more consistent and persevering on making contents! You did an awesome job with your site, thank you! Please, keep going!

  144. You are an inspiration, Hope you never stop writing! I hope I never stop writing too!

  145. After a few years, I’m just starting to rack up followers & good friends, as well. Thanks for the great post!

  146. Excellent post I’m so happy to read about your journey and happy that you haven’t given up on your dreams! Looking forward to following you and reading more of your excellent content

    Sarah
    youareacanvas.com

  147. jessa_b says:

    I quoted this post of yours in one of my own, I thought you might be interested in reading it 🙂
    https://jump-in.blog/2017/05/24/i-woke-up-wanting-to-write/

  148. “Inspiration is going to break up with you at some point..If you don’t expand your consciousness, you’ll run out of things to write about.”
    I will take that advice and hold it very close to my heart & to my mind :). One of my greatest fears as a developing writer is running out things to say.

  149. Love that “I never bothered with any rules.” Once I learned rules, I also learned that breaking the unjust ones was as much a sign of character as obeying the beneficial rules!

  150. Indeed!

    I needed this! Thank You! :)

    ” I just don’t give a damn if anyone likes my posts or not. I write what I want, when I want, as often as I want. This is my blog. My space. My blank page. And I can create anything I like and do anything I please. That is, after all, one of the reasons I became a writer in the first place. No boundaries other than the ones I choose to create.”

  151. TATI says:

    This is extremely encouraging!

  152. Shanti says:

    Inspiring, especially for beginner like me 🙂

  153. the fox says:

    This inspires me and gives me hope! I just pray cancer doesn’t get me first … five years is a long time. Kudos to you on a well-deserved milestone.

  154. Zahraa Amar says:

    Thank you for your inspirational post, Cristian. I think I really needed it because I gave up blogging last year but now with the inspiring people like you out there, it makes me want to continue writing my passion; even if it takes time and perseverance. Mulțumesc!

  155. MurisKnits says:

    Beautiful! Thank you!!

  156. Chika-Cullen says:

    As a new blogger, this is inspiration to me! Thank you for this post!

  157. Gaa Gaa Land says:

    This is great, I’m just at the start of my blogathon and I’m inspired and reassured by this post!

  158. That was very inspiring! Thank you! 🙂

  159. Dietitian Amna says:

    very nice…just do it…u giving inspiration to all

  160. I am glad to see you’ve reaped the fruit of your labors, CM. If we don’t believe in our (own) blog, we can’t expect anyone else to.

  161. This is incredibly inspiring and encouraging. I’m sure lots of new bloggers, just like myself, have read this and felt the urge to carry on and keep blogging. Thankyou.

  162. Hi, Cristian. Well done! Well deserved and I wish you a lot of personal fulfillment and success going forward. By the way, I visited Romania once for five weeks professionally, stopping by a couple of major regions and cities. Beautiful country, and also needing persevering people like you!:-). All the best from a Swiss in Japan

  163. TobyG says:

    Keep on Keeping on brother God bless

  164. Well done you! I love your attitude. Writing something is no good if it doesn’t come from the heart, and you should only write to please yourself and not the rest of the world! I am inspired to carry on , with head held high.

  165. Thanks for sharing your 5-year blogging experience so that people like us that are just about 1-year old can learn. Thanks a lot!

  166. dollyparker says:

    Oh, God, it’s SO encouraging and inspirational. Thanks for useful advice!! Keep going!

  167. Marty Vee says:

    I needed a story of perseverance today. Thank you.

  168. You’ve got the right attitude. 🙂

  169. This is really encouraging to someone who is new to blogging. Thanks for sharing your story, and congratulations on your success.

  170. Hi Cristian!
    I love your writing style. I think it is wonderful that you have stuck with this blog for so many years through all the ups and downs. I could relate to you when you said that sometimes the inspiration just isn’t there, but you write anyway.
    I also like that you write regardless of what anyone thinks. Keep writing!!!
    Be Real. Be True. Be You!!!

    ❤ Alana

  171. kingajpg says:

    The fact that you have wrote for so long is amazing and inspiring! This is a truly amazing achievement! I hope your motivation will never burn out

  172. Grace Hope says:

    You inspired me to keep doing what I love to do sharing my passion to everyone. Keep it up.

  173. GI says:

    To be sure, perseverance is a key part of life. It works best when we are doing the right thing, in the right way, and for the right reason.

  174. Good point of view !!! ❤

  175. I blog for no other reason than I feel like it. When I started my humor blog just over ten years ago, I was very disciplined and dedicated. I posted every day….sometimes twice a day. It paid off. I developed a very large readership, very quickly, I even won several national awards….then I stopped blogging for a while. Why? I no longer needed the external validation. I once took about trn months off, then stopped again a year later. I still blog, but subject-wise, my topics are all over the place. Humor, politics, the human condition. It runs the gamut.
    My readership is hardly what it used to be….I don’t know why and I really don’t care while I still get followed and “liked”, I rarely ever get comments….not like I used to. That makes me think people don’t even read my work. It’s the Facebooking of the blohodohere. Other blogger just like other blogs somother blogs will like theirs in return, Little do they know that it’s in the comments where it really counts. Comments allow you to get to know your readers, well as much as comments allow and providing the cretins stay away and offer you constructive criticism, you can learn there too.
    Blog for no one but yourself and seek your own satisfaction in knowing you’ve written a great blog post. You need no one else to tell you it’s good. Or conversely, not your best effort. And don’t allow yourself to get OCD about your blog such as constantly checking it for an increase in stats, likes or comments. That’ll make you crazy? Trust me, I know.
    Write because it’s cathartic, a mental health outlet and a source of entertainment for yourself and others. Use discipline, keep writing, but your literary life won’t end if you take a short but much needed break. Your blog will,go nowhere.
    Look, it’s simple: Writing is a journey without rules or directions. No road maps, but its rife with long stretches of mindless driving, boredom, repetitive music, some compelling scenery, the need to stop for fuel, lunch at kitschy diners and the all important potty breaks.
    And t’s sometimes during those potty breaks where I get my best blogging inspirations.
    Best of luck,
    LK
    Texas

  176. As a blogger myself, this is an inspiring piece. I’m near my year mark for my blog and I am determined to keep going as well. Thanks for writing something such as this which can he a motivator for us who have just started.

  177. This is very inspiring. I’m glad you didn’t quit and I’m not going to either.

  178. SamanthaT says:

    Great motivation for a new blogger, very inspiring! Thank you so much

  179. Nkeoma DND Agu says:

    Thank you. We all need to read articles like this to remind us that it is not just about starting. It is also about the determination to go on when motivation and inspiration takes a short break.

  180. It’s really a motivating journey for all aspiring bloggers. May you get the success you desire!

  181. psiberite says:

    Thank you for the inspiring article. Yes, it’s easy to get disheartened when there are no comments. But your advice to keep on going is the in-thing to blogging. Anand Bose from Kerala

  182. hannahtk says:

    What fantastic writing Christian! Very motivational. Your English is as fluid as a native speaker’s. English is my third language, so I can appreciate that. Blog on!

  183. MOMENTS says:

    Agreed: Perseverance is key. You are doing pretty well!

  184. I appreciate this! The advice I got was this is a marathon not a 100 yard dash. Stay the course. I love the art and hate the practice. Blogging has helped me come to a great compromise.

  185. That’s great Cristian! Interesting post.

  186. Words of wisdom here. Morticia and I came to some of the same conclusions working on our youtube channel. That we keep doing it, because we enjoy doing it. I learned a few tricks of SEO and optimization, I learned about visual aspects and lighting and camera and various apps that improve the quality and the art of promotion, I learned a lot, but I never got disappointed because I knew I was doing it for myself. It would be too easy to veer of course, to place hopes in some winning strategies, so I applaud your determination and perseverance that keep you going. And can even relate to your language considerations, being a Russian kid myself:) A greatly inspiring post.
    Gomez,
    JekyllHydeClub

  187. Thanks for the encouragement to keep trying. I get just 15 views and very few comments on my blog posts. I feel like I am evolving because I am open to ways to improve. Thank you for your suggestions!
    RJ Handley

  188. Karen McGarr says:

    I am not going to break up with inspiration, I am not!

    Thank you for this utterly inspiring post, I’m almost 18 months in (daily diary posts from 1990!) but can’t stop now. Thank you!

  189. Thank you for not giving up and contributing to the wonderful process of bloggers giving and receiving inspiration. 🙂

  190. parkdalear says:

    I read that “writing is the hardest work you can do that doesn’t involve heavy lifting.” I think that is true! You set your goal and have stuck to it.

  191. Thanks for leading the way, which it is not always the easiest thing to do.

  192. I just started two days ago. I’ll post something like this in about five years. Thanks for sharing your story.

  193. Hey thanks for this post. I needed it today.

  194. sobiajamshed says:

    Your blog is like an answer to my question. Thanks for inspiring me with your words.

  195. Keep up the good work!
    I started my blog because I enjoyed sharing motivational quotes and thoughts that inspired me, basically my personal motivational planner, not to generate a following or make a living at it. So if I never had any followers I was alright with that because I did it for me! However it evolved and I have made quite a few friends through my blog which is another reason I continue to do it.
    My only regret is that the more followers I get the harder it is to keep up with them, so I feel guilty when I can’t visit their sites and dialog with them as quickly as I would like. (Life was so much easier when I only had ten followers in my Blog Family)!
    So hang in there and do it for the love of it.

  196. esmeejayne says:

    Love this blog. So encouraging for a new blogger

  197. EternalEmpress says:

    Thank you very much for writing this blog post!!
    My best friend and I have a blog, and since she’s very busy, she doesn’t post very much. I was thinking of quitting blogging when I entered college, but now I believe that even if I post once a month, it will be better than to never post again.
    A peek into the writing life of a long-time blogger is refreshing and gives me the motivation to figuratively “grasp onto the rope of blogging”.
    Not to mention, I love your writing style.

  198. Definitely an inspiration to keep blogging! 🙂

  199. This totally fits me today. I did not quit, I just took my time until I was ready and felt like it, and now I am back 🙂

  200. James L says:

    Great post congratulations on 5 years and not stopping. Found your post very inspiring, even after three years I get a bit jaded sometimes with the blogging side of things so I focus on the writing. It gets me through and I realise it’s all worth it – especially when I look at those early posts and see how much I have improved and changed as a person.

  201. James says:

    I think anyone who can post every day for 5 years deserves respect for perseverance/effort. I don’t always post even once a month. I have to feel inspired to do it, and that feeling comes when it comes.

  202. I absolutely loved this post. It brought back so many memories of when I started blogging two years ago and the feelings I still have and get from doing it. I feel as though I write to myself all the time, no comments here either and when I do get them I get so excited because it’s so so so rare for me. But as you stated, this is your blog and you do and write what you want. I feel you as I just keep writing, I do get very discouraged but writing is a part of me and I love doing what I do, so I keep treading at it – it’s gotten to the point now; comments or no I still write. Thanks for this post, it really gave me a fresh wind to keep moving forward. Cheers to many more blogging years..

  203. Eric Falley says:

    Hey Cristian, I thought I’d come by and check out your blog, and as a new blogger I found this post encouraging. I hope everything goes well for you!

  204. Misha says:

    I also started vlogging late last year and man, it’s tricky. I’m finding it takes forever to edit the video, although I am getting better at it.

  205. Thanks! Very inspirational! LOL, even though I love this: ” inspiration is going to break up with you at some point.”

  206. That was truly inspiring! Keep up the wonderful work!!!

  207. John says:

    I teach English as a Second Language and I would have never guessed that English is your second language. You are an inspiring writer!

  208. Liz says:

    Sent this out on a social media mission. I will remember when I get discouraged. Bronxbeyondborders just turned one.

  209. dragonmommie says:

    Wow… 242 comments! I enjoyed your post and what I liked most is that it felt like a real person writing and I like that. I remember when I first created my blog it seemed like nobody read my blog, but eventually, I got my own little audience and that was cool. That was back in 2005. Eventually, I did burn out because I got too obsessed with writing and ran out of things to say. I also write about what I feel strongly about and sometimes that led me to controversial writings. I had a family member retreat away from me because she read one of my posts. oh well. I just started writing again and I find the Daily Prompts so helpful to write at least a little something every day… if I can do it. So much is different here, at WordPress, too. My theme was discontinued and I had to find another one, but also I saw that a lot of things had dramatically changed and I hardly knew where I was… so another learning curve.

  210. Thanks for the inspiration to ‘just keep turning up to the page’. It is so hard to turn off the critical voices inside my head, but I know I just need to keep emptying my head of the words and striving to make more sense! 😉 Mel

  211. Allie E says:

    Thank you for writing this. This is exactly what I needed to hear today!

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